Righteous Judgment: On the Death of Antonin Scalia

Supreme Court justices and family members listen to prayers near the casket of Justice Antonin Scalia at the Supreme Court in Washington Feb. 19. (CNS photo/Jacquelyn Martin, Reuters) See story to come.

A brilliant jurist, he manifested the distinctively Catholic habit of self-criticism, born of humility… The death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia on February 13 overwhelmed the obituary industry, in part because the balance of the Court was at stake in replacing him, but also in part because he was a figure much larger than […]

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Benny Lai

The late Benny Lai.

Benny Lai, the dean of the journalists accredited to the Holy See, a prolific essayist and author, died in Rome on December 12 at the age of 88. He had been covering Holy See affairs for more than 60 years, since the early 1950s. Lai had been sick for some time and passed away at […]

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Death: Will It Be Followed By Eternal Life?

John Paul II receives in audience George “Pat” Morse and his wife, Margaret, accompanied by Cardinal Edouard Gagnon.

    “The level of commitment required is determined by the value of the prize we seek.” —George “Pat” Morse, on the effort needed to prepare for death. From the moment of our birth, we are moving inexorably toward the most important event in our lives: our “Death.” It is not how healthy and strong […]

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The Birth of Italian Renaissance Art

A man for whom faith and family were not just important, but everything: such a man was George “Pat” Morse, who died on June 19 at the age of 96. He was for many years the associate editor of this magazine and author of a “Reflections” column that was widely read and influential. I have […]

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Polish Primate Cardinal Glemp Dies at 83

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Retired Cardinal Jozef Glemp of Warsaw, who served as Primate of the Catholic Church in Poland during the final years of Communism and during the restoration of democracy, died January 23 at the age of 83. Offering his condolences to Polish Catholics, Pope Benedict XVI said Cardinal Glemp had a “profound love for God and […]

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The Late Gregor Volken

“Acriter et fideliter.” With courage and faithfulness. This is the ancient motto of the Pontifical Swiss Guard, and the words well describe the life and character of the late Gregor Volken, vice-commandant of the corps, who served four Popes for 38 years and two months, making his one of the longest services in the history […]

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Benedict XVI’s Confessor, Polish Franciscan Mariusz Paczóski, Dies

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Some years ago, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger’s personal confessor was no longer available, as he had to leave Italy; then the prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith showed the desire to have a new confessor from the Franciscan Conventual Friars, who are the official confessors at the Basilica of St. Peter in […]

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Cardinal Ignace Daoud, Former Syriac Catholic Patriarch, Dies at 81

Cardinal Daoud.

Mourning the death of Syrian-born Cardinal Ignace Moussa Daoud, who died April 7 in a Rome hospital, Pope Benedict XVI also prayed for the people of the Middle East “living through difficult times.” The 81-year-old cardinal was the retired prefect of the Congregation for Eastern Churches and the former Patriarch of the Syriac Catholic Church. Cardinal […]

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Pope Offers Condolences on Death of Patriarch Shenouda III of Alexandria

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Praising the ecumenical commitment of the late Coptic Orthodox Pope Shen­ouda III of Alexandria, Egypt, Pope Benedict XVI on March 18 offered his condolences to Orthodox Christians in Egypt on the death of their patriarch. Pope Shenouda, who served as patriarch of the Coptic Orthodox Church for 41 years, died March 17 at the age […]

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